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How the 6 Million Were Lost

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12.07.2019

At a recent cabinet meeting devoted to the situation of Diaspora Jews, the Jewish People Policy Institute presented a demographic survey and additional figures. When Education Minister Rafi Peretz heard about the dramatic assimilation rates among North American Jews, he was moved to exclaim: “We’ve lost 6 million Jews, it’s like a second Holocaust.”

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Peretz is no great orator. His language, that of a guidance counselor in a religious premilitary academy, is quite basic. But in this instance, his unrestrained outcry over the loss of 6 million Jews since the Holocaust was an expression of profound existential pain. Several cabinet ministers, as well as people from the institute such as Dennis Ross, pounced on Peretz. People from Judaism’s “progressive” movements also attacked. Yes, the word “Holocaust” is extreme. But the facts — the desertion of 6 million (some claim the number is much higher) from the ranks of the Jewish people – are hard to dispute.

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